This past weekend, Charlotte and I went to Kerrville (Texas) and stayed in a friend’s cabin for a couple of days. Kerrville is located in what is usually referred to as the "Hill Country" area of Texas. We had no Internet connection and no television. We did have a chorus of birds greet us each morning. Just behind this cabin was Turtle Creek, and on the other side of this creek were more hills.
We picked up a San Antonio Express-News on the way back and I saw this article: "Spiritually starved, too-thin girls seek to fill void." This was a piece written regarding the Girls Inc. nationwide survey called "The Super-girl Dilemma." The author of this article, Courtney Martin, describes the study as a "…depressing, nationwide survey…which reveals that girls’ obsession with thinness has gotten significantly worse in the past six years."
She goes on to say, "…A supermom of an elite college hopeful told New York Times reporter Sara Rimer, "You just hope your child doesn’t have anorexia of the soul." I suspect this mom’s fear is very real. In fact, perhaps it should be the concern of all of us who are parents. Could it be that I have provided for and nurtured my child in every way imaginable except for her soul?
What do you think?
Many of our children seem to have it all — almost. It is amazing what some of our teens drive, the amount of money that is spent for prom, and the amount of disposable income some of them have. This is not a knock on teens. Rather, I am just trying to describe the world as it exists for many. Meanwhile, so many of them have experienced some very serious problems in their short lives. So many have experienced the effects of divorce and family turmoil. Others are trying to somehow make do as they fend for themselves in a very confusing world.
Do you sense a starvation of the soul from friends of your children (or from your own friends)? Is this something for which you have been concerned? How do you address your own children’s need for something more than the material to equip them for life?